राजीव गांधी जलकृषि केंद्र

(Aquaculture Technology Incubation Centre of MPEDA)
(Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India)
Affiliated by Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, India.


Aquaculture Demonstration Farm

Aquaculture Demonstration Farm (ADF) of RGCA is located at Karaikal under Union Territory of Puducherry. The Demo farm comprises 4 acres of land and started functioning since 2002.

4 Days-Hands-on Training Programme on Nursery, Grow-out and Cage Culture Set in Earthen Ponds for Asian Seabass 4 Days-Hands-on Training Programme on Best Management Practices in Nursery, Grow-Out and Soft Shell Culture of Mangrove Mud Crab
RGCA's Demo Farm:"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime".

Major Objectives

To demonstrate Asian Seabass (Lates calcarifer) cage & open pond culture.

To demonstrate mud crab (Scylla serrata) nursery and grow out culture.

to provide Hands-on training on Best Management practices of Seabass & mud crab to aquafarmers and entrepreneurs.

Services offered:

Training programmes: Hands-on training programmes on-
Best husbandry practices of Seabass Aquaculture
Best Management practices of Mud crab Aquaculture

Pond based Cage culture of Seabass and Soft-shell prodcution of Mud crab.

*For details please contact Extension Department, RGCA [email:]; [email:]


Cage culture of Asian Seabass has been standardized. Adoption of note less cages, metallic grader and use of floating formulated feed for better growth and survival has been demonstrated.

Three phase culture method for Seabass in pond has been standardized.

The farm achieved 73% survival in Mud crab nursery rearing hapas and 40 to 45 % in grow-out pond culture.

Methods for minimizing the size variation has been developed and demonstrated.

85 - 90 % survival rate has been achieved in Seabass open pond culture.

ADF demonstrating the best way to grow crablets from crabinstars and supplying the crablets to aquafarmers.

It is quite noteworthy that the Demo-farm has achieved nearly 90% survival rate in Seabass open pond culture and produced more than 20 tons of seabass from 1.25 hectares open pond.

Demonstrating best management practices of seabass and mud crab by conducting more than 152 batches of hand-on training benefitting nearly 2460 entrepreneurs from all over India.

Here We Are

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Dr. G. K. Dinakaran

Senior Scientific Officer [In Charge]

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V. Pharthasarathy


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M. Gnanavel

Scientific Officer

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Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture
Aquaculture Demonstration Farms
1] no.102, north Street, karukkalacheery, 
Akkaraivattam Post, neravy(Via), Karaikal 609 604, 
Union Territory Of Pondicheery, INDIA.  

2] Main Road Korathitu, Mahindrapalli,  
Sirkali Taluk, Mayiladuthurai District 609 101, 
Tamil Nadu, INDIA.  
Tel : +91 04368 222765  
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